The Twin Cities are inextricably linked, making some of the best restaurants in Minneapolis some of the best Saint Paul restaurants, too. But when it comes to Saint Paul proper, Heartland generally tops the list for its combination of purely Midwestern ingredients with the culinary vision of New York-trained chef Lenny Russo. Ngon Bistro, on the other hand, gets its recipes from the other side of planet, specializing in pho that Minneapolis Magazine calls a "bucket-list candidate." Also worthy of mention is the perennially popular St. Paul Grill, which offers a romantic dining experience that overlooks Rice Park.

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